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We got catfished! Tom Cruise’s ‘friend’ rooked us with a lot of lies

Well, we should have known it was too good to be true. On October 19, we reported that Maryann Carter, a woman in Kentucky, had posted to a Facebook group that Tom Cruise, through a family member, had requested that photos of Suri Cruise no longer appear on the group. “She is no longer part of his life,” Carter said.

When we contacted Maryann, she told us that she had known Cruise when he lived in Kentucky, was five years older than him, had had long phone conversations with him, and had remained in contact with a cousin on his mother’s side who lived in Kentucky.

None of that, it turns out, is true. After other members of the Facebook group complained that Maryann had fooled them as well, we talked to Maryann today and she confessed that she had made up virtually all of it.

She’s 64 and nine years older than Cruise, not five years as she had told us. Although she grew up in proximity to the Cruise family, she never knew him personally. And although she knows of the cousin who lives by her, she doesn’t actually know the cousin.


When she was confronted by other members of the Tom Cruise Facebook group, Maryann quit the group. She tells us that she has done some community theater, which is where she thinks she might have gotten some of her acting ability.

We got totally rooked, and we apologize to our readers and to Tom Cruise personally.

We will be taking down our previous story.

— Tony Ortega


Scientology disconnection, a reminder

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3D-UnbreakablePosted by Tony Ortega on October 30, 2017 at 17:00

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